Alumni Weekend 2014 Rafting Trip

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By Jean Ortiz

Three of my favorite things in life include good company, the outdoors and a new challenge. And when you roll all three into one experience, well that is what I call a good day – a really good day.

That’s exactly what I got last week when I tagged along on the inaugural Alumni Weekend whitewater rafting trip. I hate to admit this as a Colorado native, but it was (gasp) my very first. Rafting had been on my bucket list pretty much since moving back to my home state nearly two years ago.

But rafting alone isn’t what drew me to the trip. As a writer in Regis’ Marketing and Communications office, I love good stories and I seek them out whenever and however I am able. I saw a chance to meet alumni and to learn more about their stories in a way I couldn’t get in a traditional face-to-face interview or over the phone.

While floating down the Arkansas River between taking on the rapids and pointing out the many and distinct rock formations along the way (yes, we found Elvis!), I got to know Bert, Class of 1964. And I tried to imagine what life at Regis was like at that time. We chatted about his time on the short-lived ski team and some of the other fun he had along the way, and about his legal career. And over lunch, I chatted up Ann, whose love of Regis is spreading across her family. One of her daughters is finishing up her degree and her son is all set to begin classes soon, too. And I also met Shirley, whose warm nature was a dead giveaway that she is a Regis person.

I met traditional Regis College alumni as well as folks who went through RECEP – a predecessor to what is now the College for Professional Studies. Despite their diverse courses of study, they all had a similar Regis experience and their participation in the rafting trip and Alumni Weekend in general spoke to how connected to this University they feel even today, many years and in some cases, decades out from graduation.

I believe strongly in what the Regis experience has to offer and when I meet people like Bert and Ann and Shirley, that belief is only strengthened.

So from my first rafting trip, I can take away memories of a great adventure, some breathtaking scenery, some really corny jokes (hat tip to our raft guide and Regis’ Wellness and Recreation programming coordinator, Brian Anderson), and a strong sense that the Regis spirit is very much alive and well.

Top 11 Summer Activities in Colorado

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When most people think of Colorado, they imagine the mountains covered in snow and winter sports. While the winter is undoubtedly a fun time, Denver and the surrounding regions come alive in the summer. From trips to the mountains to exploring what the urban lifestyle has to offer, visitors get to see how Denver becomes an entirely new city when the warm months set in, full of festivals, food, art, music and so much more.

The Office of Alumni Engagement could not be more excited to welcome the Regis alumni back to campus this July and share with everyone what this great city has to offer. When attendees aren’t busy catching up with former classmates at the Dinner and Cocktail party on Friday, June 18, enjoying the Family Picnic on Saturday, July 19, or attending Mass and a delicious Brunch on Sunday, July 20, they are encouraged to explore the beauty of Colorado. Here are 11 of the best activities in or around Denver during Alumni Weekend 2014:

Mark Your Calendar:

  1. Colorado Renaissance Festival
    Dost thou seek to escape the city and the hustle and bustle of modern times? Enter the world of 16th century renaissance life at the annual Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colo. The festival boasts hundreds of authentic and costumed participants working and performing in the renaissance village, a day’s worth of performances, crafts and activities and mouth-watering food. Truly a family fun experience only an hour’s drive south of Denver.     

  2. Botanic Gardens: Chihuly
    The Botanic Gardens is a wonder in and of itself, but add hand-blown glass to the scenery and the gardens become magical. The Botanic Gardens welcomes artist Dale Chihuly’s first installation in the Rocky Mountain region, Chihuly, featuring glass structures of all shapes, sizes and colors. Chihuly is known around the world for his dramatic and intoxicating exhibitions – and this one is no different. 
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  3. Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
    The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival celebrates traditional Asian culture and athletic competition. Experience the art and beauty on display for the annual boat race, and chow down on some fantastic Asian cuisine. Named Denver’s “Best New Festival” and winner of multiple art excellence awards, this festival is worth checking out. Read more about the event from a Regis student participant here
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  4. Colorado Shakespeare Festival
    Located at the University of Colorado Boulder campus in Boulder, Colo., the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater offers some of Shakespeare’s most renowned plays at its annual summer festival. This year The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Part 1 and I Hate Hamlet, a comedy based on the original Hamlet, will all come to life.

  5. Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective
    The Denver Art Museum is set to feature approximately 100 works by artist Tom Wesselmann, a leader and genius in American pop art. The exciting collection will include multiple series by Wesselmann to show the progression and development of his life’s work. Don’t miss this artistic take on our culture and surrounding society.
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Colorado Summer Essentials:

  1. Colorado’s Favorite Summer Hikes
    Colorado is blessed with never-ending hiking trails for the outdoor adventurers. To experience some unique red-rock formations, exciting wildlife and a family friendly atmosphere, head south of the city about a half hour to Roxborough State Park. For a mountain experience not far from the city full of glaciers, rock climbing, camping and swimming, head out to St. Mary’s Glacier. Expecting to finish more than two hikes this summer? Check out a more comprehensive list of Colorado day hikes here

  2. Little Man Ice Cream
    Little Man Ice Cream has quickly become a Denver staple. This dessert joint is known, first and foremost, for its rich, delectable ice cream and inventive flavors. Salted Oreo, Banana Chip and Space Junkie are just a few that everyone needs to try once in their life. It’s also a short walk to the Denver walking bridges and some of the city’s best restaurants. Just look for the 28-foot tall, 14,000 lb. tin ice cream stand in the LoHi neighborhood – it’s impossible to miss.
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  3. Brewery Tours
    It’s no secret that Colorado is one of the craft brew meccas of the country. Breweries are popping up left and right, each with their own unique twist on beer, and the Denver metro area has some of the best out there. The MillerCoors tour in Golden, Colo., is of course always a great option, but Avery Brewery and Great Divide Brewing Co. are some of the smaller Denver-area breweries that are also worthwhile experiences and fun places to hang out with friends afterwards. Check ‘em out!

  4. Rooftop & Patio Dinners
    The city skyline, a view of the Rocky Mountains and a warm summer breeze – what’s not to love about a dinner outside? Denver offers a handful of amazing establishments, from Linger’s rooftop patio to the Café Bar porch oasis, that offer either a full-service rooftop or relaxing patio eating. Don’t let the summer pass by visiting at least one of these eateries with fabulous outdoor seating.   
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  5. Santa Fe Art District
    A unique artistic culture has emerged in recent years throughout the city of Denver, with several neighborhoods welcoming new and up and coming galleries. The Santa Fe Art District is the most well-known around town, full of the city’s latest and greatest collections, restaurants and food trucks on every corner. For a truly artistic Denver experience, wander on down Santa Fe Drive.
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  6. Farmer’s Markets
    Denver takes farmer’s market to the next level. Not only are there more than five throughout the entire city, they don’t just sell locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. They also have live entertainment, wine tastings, fun kid events, dog adoption centers and more. For a comprehensive list of markets across town, visit this link.
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Don’t miss out on anything Denver has to offer this summer! Visit the Alumni Weekend schedule and plan an exciting, fun-filled weekend for you and your family.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Restored

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Regis University’s Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, located on the Boettcher Commons in front of Main Hall, is taking the summer off for some much needed R&R – restoration and refurbishing. The 120-year-old statue is an iconic fixture on campus and has served as a spiritual anchor for the University for over a century.

Restoration specialists Jack Kreutzer, and Pat Kipper, RC ’74, will determine the condition of the statue and spend the summer months restoring it to its original glory. Kreutzer has created many art projects on the Regis campus, including St. Ignatius on the Boettcher Commons and St. John Francis Regis in the St. John Francis Regis Chapel.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus, named for the University when it was known as Sacred Heart College, was donated to the University by the Walker family – the same family who donated  the land the university currently sits on to the Jesuits in 1887. It was dedicated and blessed in October 1890 to mark the official opening of the college.

In late spring, the Physical Plant staff removed the statue from its pedestal to begin the first phase of repair. It will return to campus in late summer 2014 at its new permanent location in a Carroll Hall. This move will honor the importance of the statue on campus, while also allow for proper preservation. Taking the original statue’s place will be a new mold, cast and created as a direct likeness to the original, but with one notable change: This one will have both hands. At some point, the original statue’s right hand went missing causing much speculation and creating the urban myth about how and where.  

Intensive restoration plans involve a new hand and sturdier base for the original statue. Physical Plant is also working on installing new lighting for the statue’s future residence in Carroll Hall and new plaques for both pieces. Concrete design patterns and landscaping will be addressed in order to enhance the presence on the new statue on the Boettcher Commons, as well.

This noteworthy restoration process was made possible by funding from Regis College classes ’77 and ’78 and the senior class gift from the graduating class of 2005. If you would like to learn more or contribute to the project, please call (303) 458-3535 or use Regis’ online giving form and select “Other” in the Gift Designation dropdown menu, noting “Sacred Heart Statue” in the Designation Comments box.

Tips for 2014 Regis Graduates

Congratulations 2014 graduates! This is an exciting time as you and your former classmates scatter across the world to become agents of change. Graduating from Regis means you are becoming part of a robust global alumni community – full of men and women in service of others. Nothing ushers forth a new era like a little insight and help from others who came before you and conquered the post-college transition.

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In honor of the 2014 commencement ceremonies, we asked fellow alumni to weigh in on how to make a smooth transition out of college. Here is what they had to say:

  1. Be smart with social media: Edit your profile settings and un-tag yourself from party pictures (We all have them, but they don’t need to be public.). Potential employers will look at your social profiles when you apply for a job. Also, Google yourself and see what comes up.
  2. Pay your Hill Top tab.
  3. Be proud of your accomplishments: Get ready for a new phase in life, you will enjoy it. You don’t need a high-paying job to feel satisfaction in life; you just need to do the things you love in life. Concentrate on what really matters – relationships.
  4. Think of others: Pray for those who haven’t been blessed by Regis University the way you have. Don’t waste what you have and help someone else achieve their dreams!
  5. Network in the Regis community: Don’t be afraid to reach out to the Regis University Alumni Association if ever you have questions, desire to get more involved or want to spend time with fellow alumni.
  6. Visit Regis’ Career Services: Stop in and talk to a career specialist – you won’t regret it. Plus, they are open all summer to help you figure out your network and resume.
  7. Live by this mantra: Go out into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.

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Thanks to all the alumni who wrote in to offer their advice! In addition to advice from Regis alumni, here are a few tips from the pros for after graduation:

  1. Start saving now: The financial gurus at U.S. News and World Report suggested spending a few years scaling back on rent and entertainment costs in favor of initiating a savings routine early on.
  2. Be optimistic about your career: Have a plan going into your career, but always take advantage of new opportunities and experiences that offer up a challenge. Keeping the Jesuit mission of life-long learning in mind will open new and exciting doors over time.
  3. Take time for yourself: Dedicating time to your work and advancing your career is important, but remember to invest time into interests, hobbies and passions. This will play a big role in cultivating a healthy mindset.
  4. Sit back and relax: Keep things in perspective. Inc. magazine offered a simple tip to relax and gain confidence during the day: Have great posture. Sitting with the right posture tells the mind to be confident, positive and in charge.
  5. Be kind: The New York Times featured a particularly engaging graduation speech by George Saunders last year – what was the main point of his speech? Don’t ever miss an opportunity to be kind and see the good in others.

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As you venture off campus and into the world, always remember the connection you have to Regis University and the alumni who make it such a special place. Make sure to connect with the Regis University Alumni Association group on LinkedIn to start networking with the vast community of Regis graduates across the world. The Office of Alumni Engagement wishes you the best of luck on your next adventure!

Communication Course Goes Beyond Simple Speeches

Service Learning in the COM 210 Speech Communication class focuses on social justice at its core by emphasizing contemporary issues and the analysis of public discourse. Previous classes worked with refugee populations in Aurora. This fall, after working with Regis’ College for Professional Studies’ Center for Service Learning (CPS SL) staff, faculty Mary Lawrence was paired with Jefferson High School (Jefferson), as their students were also looking for ways to engage in the community.

Lawrence and CPS SL staff met with Jefferson faculty to figure out how to best

engage with these students on a mutual project. In order to help raise graduation rates and increase student leadership at Jefferson, they have developed a program

called “Streetwise” which offers leadership skills, mentoring and classes for the most at-risk of their at-risk students. Part of this program includes the use of Cowboy Ethics, a program funded by Daniels Fund, that empowers youth and adults alike to decide for themselves what they want to stand for and what kind of person they want to be, based on the unspoken code of cowboy conduct from the old west.

After careful consideration, the two groups decided that their mutual speech project would focus on Cowboy Ethics and how to implement those principles in their own lives. Jefferson students were not thrilled with the project at first, Lawrence said. “They didn’t like the term ‘cowboy’ because they’re inner-city, not cowboys.” But after focusing on the themes of the program and how they would all be working together, Jefferson students seemed to have more buy-in.

And, this is a communications class, after all. Lawrence used the introduction of new students to help stress the realities of barriers in communication and was able to incorporate the learning objective that asks students to identify key components of physical, vocal and non-verbal communications and delivery skills. “We talked about what, visually, we can see in our non-verbal communication. We talked about our barriers, eye contact, what we wear, looking down. Many of them (Jefferson students) came with the ‘I’m only here because my teacher made me,’ attitude. It was nice to see that diffused,” Lawrence said.

Faculty from both schools were excited to have the Jefferson students on campus and to offer them a chance to interact with adults, because as Lawrence pointed out, “They are in need of positive role models and healthy interaction with adults.” But it wasn’t just about providing role models and reaching out to at-risk youth. In fact, Lawrence points out that the project wouldn’t have been successful if her learners thought they were providing some grand service to these underprivileged kids. “I had a pretty intentional dialogue with the CPS students on how we were going to present ourselves. I really stressed that our goal is not to teach them, not to be above them. We wanted to be at a meeting place that was mutual. Our students really struggled with that because they wanted to be in the teacher role because they are adults,” Lawrence said.

The final project consisted of CPS students and Jefferson students pairing together on a persuasive speech. Lawrence tied the learning objectives of integrating the essential elements used in a persuasive speaking situation to each of the pairs. Students from both schools worked to convince the other in a persuasive manner. “The underlying thread of advocacy is that students in both schools were learning the value of mentoring and being mentored, suspending our prior judgments and assumptions, and collaborating to meet their goals (grades, course criteria and greater good).”

Not only were speeches made and viewpoints argued, but all students gained an understanding of another’s journey, goals and community. “Students from both schools expressed gratitude for this opportunity to work and learn together,” Lawrence said.

OAP, Exploring Colorado

In 1999, The Regis Outdoor Club (ROC) started as offering a few day hikes to students to provide an opportunity to explore the outdoors.  In its conception, ROC had no budget or staff dedicated to this outdoor program to reach out to students.

During the 2001 -2002 school year, Dave Law, Director of Student Activities and Leadership, turned ROC into a college sponsored program and changed the name to the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP).  A staff position was added which allowed Student Activities to run the program along with other facets of the department.   That year, a small group of four individuals put their ideas into motion to grow the program by deciding what credentials would be needed for the program.  It was at that point that they saw the need for a student director to represent what students would want in the program.  The first three years was spent developing the trips that OAP would run for students. 

In 2005, Jeff Strickland took over as the OAP Director and added emphasis on student staff and how to turn them into leaders of the program so they could drive the program in the direction that they wanted. Jeff raised funds for a bouldering wall to be built in the fitness center and started a bike rental program for students.

In 2012, there was a restructuring of Student Life at Regis University and the new Wellness and Recreation department was developed.  It was at that time that Brian Anderson was hired to coordinate the Outdoor Adventure Program and was tasked with its growth.  Since Brian came on board, the program has added expeditions to places like Mount Rainer, Teton Valley, Utah and day trips every weekend.  Trips are the venue that the program uses to create leadership opportunities outside of the classroom for students.  With the largest staff to date, OAP is a teaching ground for emerging leaders, as well as a classroom utilizing the natural world as a tool for the entire Regis University student body. 

OAP promotes personal growth, life lessons, and environmental stewardship that challenges and stimulates the body and mind.  The goal of OAP is to build technical skills and challenge students in the beauty and wonder of the outdoors.  

Meet JJ!

JJ is the newest member of the Regis University School of Physical Therapy who has been winning over hearts all across campus. He is a nine-week-old Yellow Labrador service puppy-in-training and is part of the Physical Therapy’s ongoing partnership with Constant Companions, a service dog training organization, spear-headed by our Dr. Wendy Anemaet.

Constant Companions is a not-for-profit based in Santa Rosa, Calif., that facilitates the breeding, training and matching of service dogs for companions in need across the U.S. Wendy and her students successfully raised and trained their first puppy, Éclair, last year. In February, they welcomed their second puppy, the smart and affectionate JJ.

Over the next year to year and a half, JJ will call Regis home and work on learning basic, every-day commands – a process that will be an invaluable experience for PT students. During his time, students will socialize JJ, train him on 15-20 commands and, of course, see first-hand the process that goes into training service dogs and how they can contribute to patient therapy. A smaller team of PT students, named Team Éclair after the program’s first service puppy, will be responsible for attending meetings to learn new commands for JJ, training him one-on-one and caring for him.

Service dogs have an incredible impact on their owners and companions, from giving them independence without having to rely on another person for everyday tasks to making people with disabilities more approachable in social environments. The puppies are trained to turn on and off light switches, retrieve water bottles from the refrigerator, get clothes out of a dresser and perform a handful more of everyday tasks.

In a physical therapy setting, service dogs can help with a wide variety of exercises, from getting patients up and walking, working with patients on range of motion activities, such as stretching the shoulder by brushing the dog, enhancing balance training and improving speech therapy.. 

JJ and the Regis mission
JJ is known around the Physical Therapy department and Regis campus for “playing hard and sleeping hard,” says Wendy. But at the end of the day, JJ is helping embody the Regis University and Jesuit mission of service to others. Wendy says a big reason as to why she and the department decided to start a service puppy project is to have the students give back to the people they serve. Over the 12-15 months it takes, learning how to train and use service dogs is part of serving the whole patient – physically and emotionally. Wendy’s favorite part of the project is seeing the students take JJ’s training seriously and how they care about getting him ready for his life. JJ is also taking his training seriously.

“JJ absolutely loves what he is doing already,” said Wendy. “He knows what his job is and he is happy and eager to do it. Recently, JJ was in a class sitting in the back of the room, and a few women who were breast cancer survivors came to speak to the class. One of the women became emotional and was close to crying. JJ came running from the back of the room to comfort and cuddle with her.

JJ is a welcome addition to campus because of his cuteness, but also because of what he represents. He is helping develop a strong tradition that will benefit the Regis community for years to come. Plus, he is absolutely adorable.

Thanks, Wendy and JJ!

 

Regis Rising Priorities Identified

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For the last year, Regis has been deeply immersed in the strategic planning process. The planning team has conducted countless listening sessions, solution groups have created and revised reports, and people across the Regis community have shared their suggestions for moving the University forward. All of that discernment and effort recently culminated in the following decisions by President Fitzgibbons, S.J. Over the next three years, Regis will:

  • Strengthen its Jesuit, Catholic character through a series of initiatives that leverage and expand the good work of faculty and staff in order to increase visibility.
  • Form a distinct College of Business that brings together the faculties, students and programs from the Regis College Division of Business and the CPS School of Management to create a signature business school that affirms Regis’ Jesuit values.
  • Form a distinct College of Computer and Information Sciences that brings together the faculties, students and programs from the CPS School of Computer & Information Sciences, the computer science major in Regis College and the RHCHP Health Information/Informatics programs.
  • Create a unified enrollment management area under a new vice president.
  • Foster experiential learning opportunities that reach all University students.
  • Promote a culture of innovation by developing partnerships in the business community, fostering and incentivizing new ideas in the Regis community and providing a resource unit that collects and implements these ideas.
  • Expand the development of a global learning community through new investments in international student learning opportunities, recruitment of international students and new/expanded curricular offerings.
  • Evaluate the feasibility of offering research-based doctoral programs.
  • Implement the Cultivate Health community project in collaboration with key partners and funders.

For more details on these decisions and to provide us feedback as Regis shifts from planning to action, please visit regis.edu/strategicplanning.

With Gratitude

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Friends and colleagues share their memories of Father Shelton

The following is a Eulogy to Father Shelton by Derek Scarth, RC ‘95

I was blessed to have known Charlie for 20 years. He was like a father to me and guided me in becoming the man I am today. He officiated my marriage, baptized my three sons, was the godfather of my son Tanner, and performed my grandparents’ funeral ceremonies. He has also shared his pride in my successes and counseled me in times of grief. For me, like many of you, he was my first call in times of crisis, which makes his death that much harder to handle.

As the reality of his death set in, I expressed my anger at his leaving us.   “Dammit Charlie, who am I going to call now when I need help?” I asked.                           image

But as my closest Regis friends came to town, we recognized quickly that Charlie’s ability to continue to care for us rested in our friendship – a friendship he had so much of an influence on over the years. 

My story, however, is no different than any of yours. Charlie was instrumental in our Regis community and loved by you all as he walked with  you on your path to maturity at Regis or elsewhere, presided at your weddings, baptized your children and consoled you in your dark moments. The only advantage some of us had was time. Some were blessed to know him from his times at St. Louis University or Regis High School, and others were new to his selfless brilliance during the last few years. But his impact and importance to each of us is equally important. For everyone here, Charlie’s dedication to us as individuals, couples, families and a Regis Community as a whole is what made him amazing. 

People say that you can’t be all things to all people, but Charlie proved by our collective experience that someone can indeed do so.

I was fortunate to be with Charlie the last 9 or so hours of his life. Once his prognosis was understood and communicated to his family and the Jesuit community, a wonderful chain of events occurred. I, along with a few others, witnessed a snapshot of Charlie’s impact on the lives

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of young men and women and their families over the last 40 years. Between roughly 4pm and his passing, more than 100 people came to the hospital to say goodbye and express their love for our dear friend. We knew that in addition to the hospital visitors, multitudes of others were there in tearful spirit.  

The outpouring of emotion came from family members, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and even individuals from Charlie’s Regis High School days to current Regis University students. I didn’t know each by name but we all knew what the other was feeling and thus created an instantaneous bond in our mutual love for Charlie.  The family waiting room and hallway became a haven of grace and comfort for all who were there. Many discussions were taking place over cell phones extending to the geographies where Charlie’s footprint had reached. A sense of calm came over me knowing that Charlie’s legacy will never die because it lives in each of us as we share his story He helped so many of us become men and women of God with his counsel around moral health and the practical application of being grateful. Little did we know how relevant and applicable his lessons around gratitude would become.

And what a gift he gives us in being able to comprehend the entirety of love. For me, this recognition shifts the pain towards hope, smiles and the memories of Charlie’s quirkiness and playful spirit.

I was mesmerized by how such a brilliant man could somehow leave the Jesuit house with two different shoes on. Or go to movie by himself and return to the car hours later to find that he had left the keys in the ignition and car running the entire time. I traveled a fair amount with Charlie and would have to hold on to his belt loop in busy cities like Chicago or London when we walked because he often would drift right into traffic.  

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I’d like to share one such story. John McDermott received an email from Charlie after he had witnessed John doing some boxing training. Charlie hypothesized what a fight between the two of them might look like in an email, and while I won’t read the entire email, it concluded like this:

My prediction is the following three things would happen: (1) within one millisecond of my glove touching the epidermal layer of your skin your jaw would disintegrate faster than an Irish piece of crystal hitting a block of cement at 250 mph. (2) you would be flatlined—sprawled out on the canvass flatter than Sly Stallone’s abs which he has on display in his latest flick. And finally (3), you would be out cold, comatose to the world—sort of like my students in class toward the end of one of my long lectures.

Oh, one last thing…in case you didn’t know and ignorance of this rule will not absolve you when you stand before the Big Guy above at your own demise: HITTING A PRIEST IS A SIN. HAHA YOU LOSE!!

Cordially,

Chuck “Raging Bull” Shelton, S.J.

The point here is I knew what Charlie meant to a few of us.  I loved learning what he meant to all of you.

 Charlie valued all of these relationships equally and it allowed him to enrich his capacity for love. He often told me how much he enjoyed being a priest because it permitted him to have deep connections to all of us here today. He said it would never have been possible if he weren’t at Regis.   

A Regis Love Story to Warm your Heart on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day I wanted to take a moment and share our love story which began at Regis University. Bernie and I met on our first day of class in 2005. We were both transfer students and we didn’t know anyone on campus. Oddly, we both showed up 45 minutes early for our Statistics class which gave us time to meet and talk in Loyola Hall. From that moment on, we have been inseparable. We were friends for a few months, studying together to pass our class, but romance soon blossomed.

After 2 years together, we decided that if marriage was our next step we needed to commit ourselves and our relationship to Christ. We joined the RCIA program through the Regis Chapel, completing baptism and confirmation for myself and Bernie completed his confirmation. With our family and friends support, our relationship now fully encompassed The Lord’s blessing and guidance.

After my graduation in 2007, Bernie’s graduation in 2008, and our faith fully guiding our lives we began to talk seriously about marriage. Bernie surprised me in early September that year, as we were walking through campus to the 11am Mass. He made up some excuse to walk me into Loyola Hall which I didn’t think twice of. I was just admiring the weather that day, and how beautiful campus was. As we walked inside, I continued to walk forward and as he dropped my hand, I turned around to find Bernie on bended knee, holding an engagement ring. In front of other students sitting outside the classrooms, and the classroom next to us in full lecture, he asked me to marry him in the exact spot where we met 3 years prior. After I nodded yes, but still couldn’t speak, I will never forget someone saying “Is this for real?!!!” Still brings some humor to the day.

In August of 2009 we were married at St. John Francis Regis Chapel by Father Dan Daley. All of our family and Regis friends were there to enjoy the moment. Our photos from that day, walking around campus in my white dress and Bernie in his tux are the most precious photos we have. Loyola Hall and our first class together has always had a special place in our hearts, as we engraved my wedding band with the word “Statistics?” for my first question to Bernie. (Asking him if it was the right class?)

After 8 years together, 4 years of marriage and one child Savio, we have fulfilled our dreams and moved our family to Honolulu, Hawaii. We visited for our 1 year anniversary and made the big move in 2013. Our heart however is still at Regis University. I can say now it is always very emotional to visit the campus. We both started college thinking about getting a great education but never thought it would also bring us our greatest gift from God, the vocation of marriage and family. We are deeply committed to our faith and appreciate where it all began.

In Hawaii we have found God has even more plans for us. As we are excited to announce we are expecting our 2nd child in mid-September! Yes, we’re pregnant with our 2nd child. And we thought what a perfect platform to tell the world about our exciting news!

Regis gave us an incredible education, lifelong friends and blessed us with our marriage and family. Words can never express our gratitude for the blessings we have received, and we wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!! Thank you Regis for everything.

Bernard Boglioli 2008 & Karen (Ward) Boglioli 2007